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Saudis, U.S. sign accord lifting post-9/11 travel restrictions

The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the easing of travel restrictions.

The agreement, signed during the visit of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, would allow Saudis deemed low-risk to quickly pass through security checks as both countries seek to identify potential insurgents.

In 2012, 180,000 Saudis visited the United States, an 80 percent increase over the previous year.

“The trusted traveler programs will facilitate trade and travel between Saudi Arabia and the United States and will help authorities from the MoI and DHS more effectively identity potential threats to keep their borders and countries secure,” the statement said.

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